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Salernitana rescues 1-1 draw at Empoli, Venezia relegated

Associated Press – Sports logo Associated Press – Sports 5/14/2022 By DANIELLA MATAR, AP Sports Writer
Salernitana's Milan Djuric, right, and Empoli's Fabiano Parisi battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Salernitana's Milan Djuric, right, and Empoli's Fabiano Parisi battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

MILAN (AP) — Diego Perotti was in tears at the final whistle and had to be consoled by teammates after his late penalty was saved in relegation-threatened Salernitana's 1-1 draw with Empoli in Serie A on Saturday.

Salernitana's Pasquale Mazzocchi, left, and Empoli's Valerio Verre battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Salernitana's Pasquale Mazzocchi, left, and Empoli's Valerio Verre battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

Salernitana inched two points clear of the drop zone — but missed a chance to gain more ground — before Cagliari and Genoa play on Sunday.

Salernitana's Valerio Verre, right, and Empoli's Pasquale Mazzocchi battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Salernitana's Valerio Verre, right, and Empoli's Pasquale Mazzocchi battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario pulled off some fine saves, including the penalty stop, though he was also somewhat at fault for Federico Bonazzoli’s second-half equalizer after Patrick Cutrone gave Empoli the lead.

The result sent last-placed Venezia straight back to Serie B even before drawing at Roma 1-1 later.

Eldor Shomurodov scored a late equalizer for Roma after David Okereke put Venezia ahead in the opening minute.

Roma remained sixth and in a tight battle for the Europa League places, which it can also secure by beating Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final on May 25.

Salernitana's Jose Dos Santos, left, and Empoli's Filippo Bandinelli battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Salernitana's Jose Dos Santos, left, and Empoli's Filippo Bandinelli battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

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Spezia assured itself of Serie A soccer next season after it fought back to win at Udinese 3-2 and move seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Torino won at Hellas Verona 1-0 thanks to a first-half Josip Brekalo strike.

Salernitana's Federico Fazio, right, and Empoli's Patrick Cutrone battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Salernitana's Federico Fazio, right, and Empoli's Patrick Cutrone battle for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Salernitana at Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday May 14, 2022. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

There’s one round to play after this weekend.

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